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What Is The Difference Between Otc Dhea Prescription Dhea
For checking my adrenal health, should I test my dhea or dhea-s level? What are the differences? Or should I test both? I am male
The branding...: These 2 compounds are basically similar; and some even come in the same formulation/powder; so you can make shakes from it to enhance your workouts. Companies like twin-labs; now foods, etc. All have their own...And my sage advice on questions like this is let the buyer beware! Always ask your doctor before starting any new medication/supplement! ...Read more
Is it safe to take OTC DHEA? I also wanted to know if vitex is safe in your opinion. Other than clomid (clomiphene) would you recommend either one for trying to concieve? Thanks in advance!
Conceive: My best advice is for you to see your obstetrician before making any medication decisions. ...Read more
Yeast: Without knowing what creams you are using it is impossible to define differences. Provide more info and rephrase your question. ...Read more
Strength: Otc Hydrocortisone cream is 0.5%. Prescription creams can be 0.5%, 1% and even 2%, and can also come in other forms (ointment, lotion, gel, liquid, spray, etc.). Depending on where you're using it and what condition you're treating, stronger isn't always better, though, so check with your doctor about which is best to use in your particular situation. ...Read more
The difference $10: The OTC version will be significantly less expensive. ...Read more
Can anyone tell me the difference between OTC hydrocortisone 1% and prescription hydrocortisone valerate?
Potency: Steroids are classified based on strength or potency. Class 1 to 7 (high to low). For the same prescription ointments are stronger than cream. Also the percentage of ingredient in the medication does not always correlate with the strength of the steroid. So the difference between Hydrocortisone 1% (class 7-least potent) and Hydrocortisone valerate (class 4/5-mid strength) is potency. ...Read more
Is there a difference between prescription anusol and the OTC version (tucks)? I have internal hemorrhoids.
I'm taking 50mg of dhea ever other day to improve erection quality, i'd like to start taking lysine. Will lysine interfere with the conversion of dhea?
I used dhea (25mg/d) for the last week for exercise and libido but have decided to stop. What are the chances I've caused any prostate probl? I'm 30.
Very unlikely: If you took it for only one week it's very unlikely there would be prostate problems. Prostate problems are not a known side effect of dhea. For more information about dhea go to: http://www. Nlm. Nih. Gov/medlineplus/druginfo/natural/331.Html. ...Read more
No: Dhea is metabolized to cortisone, estrogen and testosterone -- and you can't control which one is goes to. Also, there is no medical indication to take it in the first place, and most of the dhea supplements have little dhea in them. Don't get your medical advice from tv or the internet! ...Read more
Context: Elevations in dheas may be seen in patients with polycystic ovary syndrome and also in patients with congenital adrenal hyperplasia (and other adrenal dysfunction) and in patients who have early pubic hair development (pediatric). Please speak with your doctor about your elevation to determine what the right course of action is for you. ...Read more
Do not recommend: Dhea is a hormone normally produced by adrenal glands. Pharmacologic dosing in a adolescent male may lead to unacceptable side effects like small testes, aggressive behavior, and acne. Furthermore, having this substance in your body will make you ineligible to participate in organized sports where drug testing is performed. ...Read more
Yes....: Although technically there is no direct contraindication to these being taken together, dhea is a controversial medication. Dhea is indicated only in extremely rare circumstances - such s premature ovarian failure coupled with adrenal insufficiency (both rare conditions...Combination is even more rare). ...Read more
WHY?: Dhea is converted to cortisone, testosterone and estrogen - and you have not control as to which or how much. Also, most of the dhea supplements don't have much dhea in them, and who know what else is in there. You don't even know why you're taking them or how to measure your response. Don't get medical info from tv, friends and the internet. Yohimbine won't do anything positive for you either. ...Read more
No: But lots of other things can, including mouthwash and alcohol in liquid medications. Recently, it has been found that nurses who were using skin sanitizer, which is 63% alcohol, and rubbing their hands close to their face, were inhaling the vapor and this was enough to give them low positive EtG and EtS tests. ...Read more
Unprotected sex: Ignore high DHEA. If you want to get pregnant, engage in unprotected sex. See your FamilyDoc for preconception counseling & to review chronic conditions & medications. Start taking Folic Acid now. Stop drinking alcohol now. Eat right. Exercise. Get plenty of sleep. Then have fun (sex). But must be patient for up to a year. If no pregnancy after 12mo, then see Reproductive Endocrinologist for tests ...Read more
Egg production: Dhea might help improve egg yield. While data remains limited, it seems clear that androgens, male hormone, help sensitize follicles to stimulation. Women with high natural androgen levels tend to have many small antral follicles. Supplementing stimulation with dhea can, in some women, improve the number of eggs. ...Read more
Definitely Possible: I can not answer the question as to how, but you can get pregnant with an elevated DHEA (or DHEA-S). The answer as to how depends on the cause and there are several. You need to see a doctor experienced in disorders of androgens, find the cause & then get treated. I rec starting with an Endocrinologist or Reproductive Endo. Don't panic, first find out if there is even a problem & go from there. ...Read more
Be Careful: Not sure what you mean by low adrenal function, but dhea is a mild testosterone like steroid which could cause virilization if you're female and might even lead to some gynecomastia if you're male because of ultimate estrogen conversion as part of normal metabolic pathway. If you have adrenal insufficiency, an endocrinologist should care for you; treatment is not dhea. Dhea is not w/o side effects. ...Read more
Yes, with caution.: According to the medscape interaction checker, there are no known interactions between these two substances, and there are probably no additional risks to taking them together. Always remain cautious, however. You see, medicines in general, and especially supplements, sometimes have side effects or interactions that are not adequately studied or reported. Sometimes they just show up unexpectedly. ...Read more
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